Chris Maynard

Information courtesy of Disability Equality Scotland

You can see the  story here:-  http://yoursayondisability.scot/weekly-poll-results-covid-19-supermarket-stockpiling-week-beginning-23-march/

Here are the results of the Survey

There Just one question…

Are you concerned about shortages of products in supermarkets across Scotland caused by panic buying?

Results:

Yes – 92% (45 respondents) No – 8% (4 respondent)

Comments made as part of the survey

  • Vulnerable People Missing Out

“People are selfishly stripping the shelves bare and it’s disgusting. If people just stuck to the usual amount they bought we wouldn’t be having this discussion. I have to shop for my elderly mother who is 88 tomorrow and we can’t even get the basics. It means me having to go to several shops and expose myself to even more risk of catching the coronavirus and then passing it on to my mum. Anyone who has hoarded toilet roll or anything else should be deeply ashamed of themselves.”

“The way many people have behaved stockpiling foods and toilet rolls is shocking and upsetting as their actions meant that people who are vulnerable to this virus were left without.”

“I am concerned about the lack of produce available and the lack of help available for people that have to stay indoors to their health. What measures have been put in place to help people like us? Not everyone has someone that can go shop for them and the availability of delivery slots is ridiculous.”

“Disgraceful when it is those who are vulnerable that suffer.”

“When I can get someone to take me to the supermarket the shelves are empty. People are so selfish and there are no delivery slots. I’m scared to go out when my carer or family offer to help.”

  • Online Deliveries

“Even worse than stockpiling is being unable to get groceries delivered. The only delivery service in my area was provided by Tesco. But they have stopped doing home deliveries which are very worrying because I am over 70 and not supposed to go out.”

“It has become incredibly stressful. I am housebound normally anyway and rely on food deliveries, I have not been able to get a delivery slot for weeks and am struggling to eat and mostly living off of cereal. I worry this will affect my immune system and I am more likely to get ill. Carers don’t have time either to help with shopping. There is help for older people in my area with meals, but this doesn’t include younger people with disabilities.”

“I tried to register under Sainsbury’s scheme but they changed the rules about disabled customers. So now to get a booking slot you need to be classed as “extremely vulnerable” by the Government. I went to the link to see if I qualified, only to discover that this doesn’t even apply in Scotland. So, I’ve no idea now how Scottish customers register for priority delivery slots.”

“Government’s solution to getting food while self-isolating due to vulnerable health is to shop online – This is not an option in rural parts at all! So, what do those of us living rurally with minimal support actually do to stay fed and healthy? Seems like the only option ultimately is to starve.”

“Impossible to get the online order. Have struggled to purchase easy to cook/make food products. Have had to rely on family to travel from Glasgow to come and drive around food stores to ensure I had suitable food products for the week ahead.”

“The issue was around the lack of delivery slots which seems to be being resolved. I presume the ones doing the panic buying will get fed up sooner rather than later.”

  • Quicker Action from Supermarkets

“Supermarkets should have acted quicker to stop stockpiling. Better guidelines to staff and limiting offers to one per customer.”

“Things seem to be settling down a bit, but supermarkets etc should have limited what people were buying immediately and the serious shortages would not have happened to such an extent.”

“Restrictions should have been limiting individual purchases as soon as the problem was recognised – 2 weeks ago.”

“Supermarkets should have limits introduced weeks ago.”

“In my opinion, I believe the supermarkets are doing what they can to help vulnerable people and the NHS to shop but there are those in society that are selfish and only think of themselves. Perhaps it is now time for Government to get a bit tougher on those who are stockpiling, as it appears they’re not listening to what’s been said!”

Below is a link to a survey by Disability Equality Scotland that is to find out the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people. It is so valuable to get this information to pass onto Scottish Government to shape how Scotland responds to people’s needs, so we appreciate this input.

This survey is completely anonymous and all the information you provide will go back to the Scottish Government to help inform their response.

Complete the survey online by following this link:  https://dfscot.com/c19

that takes you to the Survey Monkey website. survey set up by Disability Equality SCOTLAND

Please complete by Friday 27th March 2020

Co Vid 19 Regulation as from the Scottish Government is below

See https://www.gov.scot/news/people-advised-to-limit-social-contact/

‘People advised to limit social contact’

💬 Published: 16 Mar 2020 18:08
Part of: Health and social care, Public safety and emergencies, Coronavirus in Scotland

♦️ Those most at risk strongly advised to reduce unnecessary contact.

To slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) the general public are being asked to stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary social contact.

♦️ People over 70 and those who have high risk and underlying health conditions are being strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and significantly reduce unnecessary social contact.

♦️The advice is that people should:

– minimise social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations and smaller gatherings such as restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs, cinemas and gyms

– avoid using public transport as much as possible

– work from home when possible
follow the latest health and travel advice, and follow basic hygiene precautions, such as washing hands frequently, not touching their face and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

– People showing symptoms suggestive of coronavirus should stay at home for seven days and only contact NHS 111 or their local GP if their symptoms worsen during that period.

♦️Members of a household where someone has suspected symptoms should stay at home for 14 days.

♦️This package of necessary measures comes into force with immediate effect.

🔹 Schools will remain open for the time being, however this decision will be consistently monitored and reviewed depending on the spread of the infection.

♦️Those who cannot work from home should continue to go to work unless advised by their employer or if they display symptoms.

💬 These measures will be kept under constant review as we try to slow down the spread of the infection.

The First Minister said:

“Life as we know it will change in the coming weeks and months, but our goal is to protect lives.

“We are facing an unprecedented situation that will require major societal change if we are to protect people, especially those most at risk and our NHS.

“The package of measures we are announcing today is based on scientific and clinical advice. While it will cause some disruption and be difficult for us all, it will help us to prepare for the virus and to protect ourselves and each other in the long run.

“We need your help to slow the spread of the infection. That is why we are advising everyone in Scotland to restrict their social contact and to stay at home as much as possible. We are strongly advising those who are over 70 or have an underlying health condition to stay at home.

“People have a vital role to play in helping us contain this infection and I urge everyone in Scotland to follow the latest health and travel advice, and follow basic hygiene precautions, such as washing hands frequently, not touching their face and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

“This has not been an easy decision but it is vital if we are to stop the spread of the infection.”

Background

♦️ For those under 70 underlying health conditions refers to all those eligible for the flu vaccine. Those who have compromised immune systems will be contacted with specific advice in the coming days.

💬 Health Secretary Jeane Freeman will update the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 17 March on the Scottish Government’s plans to build up and scale up capacity in Scotland’s National Health Service.

Covid-19 regulations:

The Scottish Government has introduced new guidelines last night.

 
Most of the people that volunteer or that we support are in the ‘at risk’ category.
 
For that reason while the 12 week or longer Safe Distance regulation is in place we will not be physically present at our office in WestBridge Mill.
 
However, our information service and everything we do is still operational.
 
You can still contact us by phone 01592 203993, email chair@disabilitiesfife.uk and post. The only thing that changes is that we will not be physically in the office but working remotely.
 
As this regulation was sprung on us at short notice the service will be slightly disrupted today and tomorrow.
 
Any phone calls left on answer phones – initially may not sound like our normal response but will be processed – the normal answer phone service should be operation after Monday 23rd March 2020
 
As a bonus we are looking at new ways to supply those that qualify for RADAR keys with the keys and the access info they need. Please check back here for more info about this over the coming days.
Three PC Laptops donated by Rimini to Disabilities FifeAt 2pm on Monday 29th July, Employees from Rimini Street Support and Rimini Street Foundation presented Disabilities Fife  with three much needed refurbished laptop computers.

This is part of Rimini’s charity work in the UK and USA.

Chair of Disabilities Fife Charles Litster said “Our computers at the moment are badly in need of a replacement.  Therefore,  as a result we will be able to operate more effectively meeting the needs of members, general public, and Fife Council”,

Charles added “It will greatly assist with our Access Panel work when we are on site looking at Access issues”

“Therefore we give the Rimini Street Foundation a big thank you”

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This is a temporary post three months  – March/April 2019 to 30th May/June 2019 (May be extended) Ref: DF/PTCare3

Kirkcaldy and surrounds – Fife

RESPITE CARER OFFICER – To provide respite for Young or Elderly People that are caring for others in their family environment.

Funded by Young Start | Salary: £21,192pa (pro rated £10.14 per hour – Pensions – We will pay the current rate of employers contribution to the statutory pension scheme) – Duration: Until the 30th May/June 2019 (three months) (But may be extended).

There is also some work on a separate Senior Carers Project this is paid at £9 per hour. For both tasks we will pay your Travel expenses but these are subject to our standard travel expenses rules (As described in our guidance note). Hours of work 13.5 hours per week (May be more. This depends on funding and staff absences)

Vetting by Disclosure Scotland

You will be subject to obtaining a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Group check (PVG) by disclosure Scotland. If you are a successful candidate you may be required to pay the cost of the disclosure check/s required for your post.

For more information on how to be considered for this role, please send an email with your  CV with the names of two referees to jobs@dfscot.com

This is a temporary post: 21st January  2019 to 20th January 2020 (may be extended)

To provide respite care clerical administration support projects that are for respite carers and implement funding strategies with help from the Management Committee for future projects. That is for people that are caring for others in their family environment. Funded by many funders.

Salary: £21,192pa (pro-rated £10.14 per hour – funded by the National Lottery an Awards for All grant – From the Big Lottery

Pensions – We will pay the current rate of employers contribution to the statutory pension scheme) – Duration: Until the end of January 2020 (But may be extended).

Hours of work are 13.5 hours per week but could be more. This depends on funding and staff absences.

Vetting by Disclosure Scotland You will be subject to obtaining a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Group check (PVG) by Disclosure Scotland. If you are a successful candidate you may be required to pay the cost of the disclosure check/s required for your post.

For more information on how to be considered for this role, please email today and you will shortly receive an email with further information.

The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation.

 

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Story kindly provided by Fife Today

Val Latimer (60) previously used Stagecoach’s express service to visit Cupar. However, she claims the operator has now stopped her using the service, saying her wheelchair is too big to get on. Ms Latimer has an adapted wheelchair, with reclining back support, a seat lift, and elevated foot plate, to suit her disabilities. She says she feels “stuck in Glenrothes”, and now uses the 64 service instead.

Read more at FifeToday’s story Glenrothes Woman’s wheel chair too long